Bending over backwards: How flexibility is more important than ever in logistics

Are your logistics processes flexible enough?

To be successful in logistics, a number of criteria must be met. First, a strong sense of trust must exist between broker and client. Second, it’s an flexibility in logisticsabsolute must that all those involved in the process are both professional and readily contactable. And perhaps more important than any other, the entire process must be flexible in its approach in order to succeed.

There are, of course, others, but flexibility is perhaps the most important point to focus on for now. This is due to an ever-changing logistical landscape in which consumers and customers alike … Read More

The Oscars of the Supply Chain & Logistics Industry

Global Freight Awards 2014global freight awards

As we move into October, we get closer to the 19th November, the date of the event that the entire logistics industry looks forward to, the glitz & glamour of the “Global Freight Awards” ceremony hosted by a different celebrity each year. This event is an opportunity for the recognition of influential key players, within the industry, who have been proactive in their achievements during the year.

The categories remain the same as preceding years:

Customer Care Award Air Freight Solutions Provider of the Year
Employer of the Year Sea Freight Solutions Provider of the
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Most fulfilment warehouses need either a WCS or a WMS, but which is right for you?

WMS and WCS in a fulfilment warehouse

As fulfilment technology warehouses evolve, so do their control and management systems. Individual merchants must decide between fufilment warehouses and WMSimplementing warehouse control systems (WCSs), warehouse management systems (WMSs) or trying to combine the two.

Warehouse Management Systems and Fulfilment Warehouses

Modern Warehouse Management Systems date back to the 1980s, and were brought in to store, update and interrelate large order and inventory databases, and add oversight to many non-automated functions, especially in fulfilment warehouses. These systems give managers access to up to the minute data on employee workloads and order processing metrics.

The WMS … Read More

How pick to light systems work to speed up the pick and pack process

Pick and Pack Technology – Pick to Light System

Today’s warehouses are complicated and fast moving environments, and more and more are turning to technology to help increase efficiency order picking with pick to light systemand profitability in these uncertain economic times. The pick and pack process is one of the areas most amenable to technological improvement, as it depends on human operators to move throughout the warehouse retrieving and assembling orders.

Accuracy and speed are the primary goals of any pick and pack operation, and any improvement there is likely to improve throughput for the whole facility. Many ways of automating this process have come … Read More

Reasons to use a logistics finding service like Whichwarehouse

Thinking of outsourcing your logistics?

Have you ever sat and thought “my business is outgrowing me?” or “I think I’ll look into outsourcing?”logistics brokers

Perhaps now should be the time that you seek advice regarding your options.

That’s where a company like Whichwarehouse could assist. We are a logistics finding service who strives to find 3PL and storage solutions for any size businesses whether they are a start-up e-commerce company, or an established business looking for expansion. Perhaps you started off small carrying out the pick & pack in your garage or garden workshop and now your business has taken off … Read More

iPad domination within the retail sector!

So it would appear that the iPad is revolutionising the way we shop

Recently, Argos introduced their new digitalised stores where shoppers visit the outlet and rather than browsing through the trusty conventional catalogue, they are able to view and place their orders as well as check current stock levels via iPads set out within the store. You place the items you wish to purchase in the basket, check out by adding a quick memorable word and then collect and pay at one of the checkout points. The Argos store at the Tollgate centre in Colchester was one of the … Read More

The art of selecting the right site for a storage and distribution centre

Considerations when choosing a logistics supplier for your storage and distribution

The storage and distribution site selection process is trickier than it seems at first, and is one of the most important decisions facing a  growing fulfilment company today. Those who choose a location that aligns with their strategic objectives will have a substantial advantage over those that don’t. After all, this is too expensive a prospect to ‘fudge now and fix later’.

No matter what the details of your operation, you need to address your ability to serve your customers and thStorage facilities with distribution services in the UKe projected operating cost of doing so … Read More

Fulfilment outsourcing versus in-house

Should you outsource your fulfilment or deal with it in-house?outsource fulfilment

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear on a daily basis is “will it be cheaper for me to outsource to a 3PL or carry out fulfilment in-house”?   So I thought we would take a look and weigh up the different options available in the current market to distributors in the UK as it is apparent this is a big consideration for some businesses. 

 

Renting warehouse space

The first thing to factor is whether renting an industrial property that could accommodate your operation from storage through to … Read More

Ideas for wooden pallets

My top 10 unique & crazy uses for wooden pallets

Researching for this article, I must confess, the versatility of pallets amazed me!

I always thought wooden structures for storing products effectively in a warehouse facility was a rather dull commodity to write an article on!  However, just recently having seen some of the amazing pictures floating around on Google+ and  Twitter  , it got me thinking for the topic of my next article.   If nothing else, perhaps my post will aide your sleeping pattern!

History of the pallet

Did you know that the wooden pallet was first … Read More

Visibility is the key omnichannel warehousing dynamic today

Visibility in omnichannel warehousing warehousing

You will be hard pressed to succeed in building a modern omnichannel retail operation without good warehousing visibility – that is, complete, accurate and real-time knwolege of your inventory levels at all points along your supply chain. You need to know, at a moment’s notice, how much has been sold, is awaiting stocking, or is actually on hand. You need this level of visibility to make sure fast moving SKUs are always available, but slower SKUs are not overstocked.

 

How can this kind of warehousing dynamic work for me?

Improved warehousing visibility allows you to … Read More

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